DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 13

Following Descendants of Nathan Smith & Belinda (Odell) Morgan
By Don Taylor

My half-sister Glennis is a DNA match on Ancestry.Com with several individuals who have common ancestors with Nathan Smith Morgan and his wife, Belinda [sometimes Malinda Odell. In the search to determine Glennis’ biological father, I am continuing to develop a tree of the descendants of Nathan and Belinda. First I looked at Francis Marion and Fannie (McGreggor) Morgan and their his descendants. During that research, I learned that Francis had an older brother, John Westley Morgan. To expedite my research, I decided to rely on other individuals trees for the most part. If I find a potential match, I will then investigate the sources for all these connections. I based this notional tree on many trees available on Family Search, Ancestry.Com, and internet searches.

Descendants of John Westley Francis and Odella T. (Maxwell) Morgan

#.#.# Child Notes/Comments Status
1. Ella L Morgan Died at Age 16 No Issue
2. Faran Francis Morgan Married Theodosia Grace Weekley 3 Children
2.a. Delta Ella Morgan Married John Van Buren Wright 6 Children
2.a.i. John Morgan Wright Died as infant No Issue
2.a.ii. Cuba Jean Wright Married Clyde G McClead 1 child
2.a.ii.1 Esther Lee McClead Born 1932 Not Considered
2.a.iii. Edgar Weekley Westley Wright Born 1915 No known children
2.a.iv. Joseph Denton Wright Born 1916, Not Considered.
2.a.v. Kathleen Wright Born 1920 Not Considered
2.a.vi Arlene Lenore Cleaver Wright Born 1922 Not Considered
2.b Argie Morgan   One child
2.b.i Earl Wesley Morgan Born 1924 Not a Candidate
2.c Cuba Morgan Rolfe Creger Three Children
2.c.i John M Creger Born 1925 Possible but Unlikely
2.c.ii Mary Frances Creger Born 1929 Not Considered
2.c.iii Sarah B Creger Born 1931 Not Considered
3. Samuel Morgan Born 1864 Probably died as a child.
  1. Ella L. Morgan – Born 1860, died 1876 (age 16). Presumably no issue.
  2. Faran Francis Morgan – Born 1862, Married Theodosia Grace Weekley, had three children, died 1932 in Pleasants County, WV.
    1. Delta Elia Morgan – Born 1888, Married John Van Buren Wright, had six children, died 1936.
      1. John Morgan Wright – Born 1911, died an infant.
      2. Cuba Jean Wright – Born 1913, Married Clyde G McClead had a daughter. Died (unknown).
        1. Esther Lee McClead – Born 1932 – Not Considered.
      3. Edgar Weekley Wesley Wright – Born 1915, Single in 1930 and 1940 Censuses.
      4. Joseph Denton Wright – Born 1916 – Single in 1930 and 1940 Censuses.
      5. Kathleen Wright – Born 1920 – Not Considered.
      6. Arlene Lenore Cleaver Wright – Born 1922, died 2004
    2. Argie Faran Morgan – Born 1890 – Married Eva Arline McCarrier, in 1922.
      1. Earl Wesley Morgan – Born 1924 – Not a Candidate.
    3. Cuba Morgan – Born 1896, Married [unk] Kreger, died 1966.
      1. John M Creger – Born 1925 – Possible but not likely.
      2. Mary Frances Creger – Not Considered
      3. Sarah B Creger – Not Considered.
  3. Samuel Morgan – Born 1864 does not appear in 1880 Census. Unable to find anything about him after the 1870 Census.

There don’t appear to be any viable candidates from the descendants of John Wesley Morgan, with the minor exception of Cuba Morgan Creger’s first son, who is possible but not likely

Follow-up

John M. Creger if other candidates do not arise.

Note – My Criteria:

  • “Candidates” are males born between 1925 and 1935.
  • “Not considered” are females who are unlikely to have had a male child between 1925 and 1935.
  • “Not a Candidate” are males born between 1915 and 1925 as being too young to have had a son between 1925 and 1935 and too old to be a candidate.
  • “Possible but unlikely” are males born between 1925 and 1935, but are not named Paul or Phil, which are the likely names of Glennis’ biological father, or otherwise don’t appear to fit the likely candidate who would have been in Minnesota or Michigan in 1953. I will revisit these possibilities later if this project fails to find a potential candidate.

Sources:

This is a quickly developed “notional” tree. All records used were found at the following sites:

  • Family Search
  • Ancestry
  • Find a Grave
  • Genealogy Bank

For specific sources, please contact me using the form below.

DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 12

Following Morgan/Morgan (Orien & James)
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.My half-sister Glennis is a DNA match on Ancestry.Com with several individuals who have common ancestors with Nathan Smith Morgan and his wife, Belinda Odell. In the search to determine Glennis’ biological father, I am continuing to develop a tree of the descendants of Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan of Pleasants County, West Virginia. This time I look at Sarah D. Morgan, Orien Morgan, and James Cyrus Morgan. They are the ninth, tenth, and eleventh of eleven (known) children to be examined.

Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan’s 11 (known) children

Child Children Notes/comments
Clara M Morgan Gail Hemsworth
Naomi Hemsworth
Married Everett Luzader

Married Earl Deem

Henry Clifford Morgan None. Died at age 15.
Lewis V. P. Morgan Lula Edna Morgan
Opal Jean Morgan
Died at age 2.

Married William Davis

Rosa Virginia Morgan Carrie Vernice May

Clara Bernice May

Mary Fannie May

Edna Marie May

Roy Harold May

Married Pearl W. Dutton

Married Hezekiah Martin Morrison

Married Floyd T. Williamson

Married Clarence Gorell

Married Della Olive Hooper

Dora D. Morgan None Died at age 2.
Ephraim Stokeley Morgan Helen Virginia Morgan

Ralph W. Morgan

Married Louis Scott – No  Candidates

Died at age 1

Nathan Spencer Morgan None (Apparently) Married Alice Redding
John A. Morgan Louise
Harold A
Mildred Eloise
Erma Ruth
Died as Infant.
Married Iris Edith Estep – 3 children.
Married Van Bert Franks – 1 child.Married Wilbert Clayton Bauer – No children.
Sarah D Morgan   See Dora D Morgan above.
Orien E. Morgan Melvel Cyrus
Clarence Kendle
Richard Albert
Glen E
Carl Morgan
Married – Daughter b. 1933

Married – Son b. 1938

Married 1936.

Not a Candidate

Died as infant

James Cyrus Morgan James J

Alice Morgan

Betty Morgan

Not a Candidate

Not Considered

Not Considered

Sarah D Morgan was born on 4 June 1876 to Francis & Fannie Morgan. This was a single birth. The same date and same parents indicate that the two individuals, Dora D. Morgan and Sarah D. Morgan are the same person. The child was buried as Dora D, so I use that name and have merged the individuals.

Birth, Marriage & Death CollectionOrion E. Morgan was born on 1 Sept 1878 in West Virginia. He married Grace Martin about 1906; they had five boys, Mervel, Clarence, Richerd, Glen, and Carl. None of them appear to have had boys between 1925 and 1935. He died in 1973 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

James Cyrus Morgan was born in October of 1880. He married Annie Cecil [LNU]. They had one son and two daughters, none of them appear to have children between 1925 and 1935.

That completes my look AT the children of Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan. I have not found any strong candidates with this group.  Francis was the first of twelve children of Nathan Smith Morgan and Belinda Odell, so I will continue…

Follow-up

Next, I’ll look at the descendants of Samson G Morgan, son of Nathan Smith Morgan and Belinda Odell, who was born in 1842.


Note – My Criteria:

  • “Candidates” are males born between 1925 and 1935.
  • “Not considered” are females who are unlikely to have had a male child between 1925 and 1935.
  • “Not a Candidate” are males born between 1915 and 1925 as being too young to have had a son between 1925 and 1935 and too old to be a candidate.
  • “Possible but unlikely” are males born between 1925 and 1935, but are not named Paul or Phil, which are the likely names of Glennis’ biological father, or otherwise don’t appear to fit the “likely candidate” criteria as being in Minnesota or Michigan in 1953. I will revisit these possibilities later of this project fails to find a potential candidate.

Sources:

This is a quickly developed “notional” tree. I have all supporting documents regarding Orien Eli Morgan & descendants documents in a separate folder. All records used were found at the following sites:

For specific sources that I used, please email me or use the contact form below.

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Review – DNA Painter

Tech Tuesday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Last fall, Blaine Bettinger mentioned in his Facebook group, “Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques” an introduction video was available on YouTube for DNA Painter. I respect Blaine’s opinions, so I knew that I wanted to give it a try. It took a while for me to get to it and I’m glad I finally did. Wow, great program.

DNA Painter helps you understand exactly where your DNA came from. With it you can determine if a segment of your DNA you have may have come from your great grandmother on your maternal grandmother’s side or from another ancestor.  You can paint with common DNA information from GEDMatch, Family Finder (Family Tree DNA), or 23&Me. Sadly, Ancestry doesn’t provide DNA segment matching data, so it can’t be used. However, the raw data from Ancestry may be exported by the DNA owner and then imported into GEDMatch or Family Finder where you may export the data for use in DNA Painter.


The DNA Painter video was great. I only needed to watch it once and I was confident I understood the tool enough to use it for DNA painting. I was right; the tool is very easy to use.

I am fortunate because I have had my mother tested and I have her results. So, if my mother has a DNA Segment and I have it, I know it came from her. All the other DNA that I received from my biological father, who passed away before autosomal DNA testing became available.

I began doing the DNA painting, copying the data about matching segments of DNA from various cousins. When I looked at the matches from my half-aunt and myself, I could see exactly which DNA segments came from my maternal grandfather (and his ancestors). I compared with a known third cousin and saw which DNA came from our common second great-grandparents.

Image of Note: Chromosome 3 has a long DNA segment known to be from Hugh Eugene Roberts
Note: Chromosome 3 (top line) has a long DNA segment known to be from Hugh Eugene Roberts
Image of Chromosome 3 has two DNA segments (in pink) known to be from Asa Roberts and a one segment from an unknown Ancestor, not Asa.
Note: Chromosome 3 (top line) has two DNA segments (in pink) known to be from Asa Roberts and one segment from an unknown Ancestor, not Asa.

I could see where bits of DNA came from.  In another example, I received a nice 141cM chunk of DNA from my father on Chromosome 3. Based upon other DNA matches, of that fragment of DNA a 21cM piece of it and another 17cM piece of was inherited from Asa Roberts. He also had a sizeable 47cM chunk of DNA inherited from another ancestor that apparently was not Asa. I don’t know who it was yet, but additional samples should show its source. It was fun to do, but I couldn’t see a substantial genealogical reason for doing it. How could I use this tool?

Image of DNA Painter - AHW match on C13
DNA Painter shows three DNA segments match on C. 13 for Glennis.

Then, I thought about my half-sister Glennis, so I started a new profile and began painting her DNA. We share a common mother, so, once again, I was able to copy that information into her profile and have all of her maternal DNA. Then, I could focus entirely on her unknown paternal side.  I began finding any of her biological cousins that do not contain our mom’s DNA. That is when I started to see a pattern.  There were segments that were shared by a common ancestor of multiple individuals. That proved, to me, that these segments were from a common ancestor. Their trees indicated that they shared a known ancestor, so I know that Glennis shares either the same common ancestor or an ancestor of that individual. Furthermore, if the individual is more genetically distant than a second cousin, I know that the descendants below the person’s second great-grandparent cannot be a direct line. That can save me considerable research disproving a potential family line.

DNA Painter is a great tool that can help identify likely genetic ancestors and help identify unlikely descendant lines. I like it.

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DNA – Glennis Paternity Project Part 11

Another GEDMatch Match

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Recently, I returned to looking at the matches for my half-sister Glennis to see what might be new. One of the nice features of GEDMatch is that when you look at a match you can click on the “L” to list the matches that match that individual. In Glennis’ case when I do that if the individual also matches our mother, I know that the match is on her maternal side. If the individual doesn’t match our mother (nor obviously me) that means the match is on her unknown paternal side.

In the past she has matched to several people who have appear to have a common ancestor on a Morgan/Odell family in West Virginia. I encountered a match with AHW and contacted the individual’s listed email address. It is always awesome when the individual responds. After a couple emails, AHW’s tree was shared with me.

I also took a look at AHW using DNA Painter and found a nice long match on chromosome 13 with two other individuals.

Image of DNA Painter - AHW match on C13
AHW matches two others on C-13

According to his tree, his Great-Grandmother was Rachel Odell who I had on my “notional” list. She was one of 11 children of William Odell and Jane Morgan. She and her husband were the brother and sister of Nathan Smith Morgan and Belinda Odell that are am currently researching.

AHW shares 58.3cM of DNA with Glennis which would suggest they are 3rd cousins. However, because a brother and sister married a non-related sister and brother there is some endogamy and the relationship is likely a generation further back than I’d otherwise expect.

That suggests that Jacob Morgan and Elizabeth Smith and/or Joshua Odell and Susannah Davis are the most likely common ancestor. So, the finding confirms that I am in the right tree and studying the right family line who also appear to have had the four people in the line.

D'oh!
D’OH by Stannered [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia.com
The thing that I hadn’t realized, but knew if I thought about it, was that it then proved that the Rachel Odell line has to be a dead end. If Rachel were a common ancestor, then AHW would be a 2nd cousin and not a 3rd and I would expect much more DNA in common. It is kind of a “doh moment.”

The good news of this match is that it confirms Jacob Morgan and Elizabeth Smith and/or Joshua Odell and Susannah Davis as likely common ancestors. It also eliminates their grandchild Rachel Odell and her descendants from consideration.

I still have hundreds of descendants to analyze but eliminating one group is awesome. So back to the children of Nathan Smith Morgan and Belinda Odell. I only have four of their 12 children to look at left. Then I can go down the other 25 lines. Sigh…. Hopefully, someone else will test and I’ll be able to jump to a lower spot on the tree.

Thank you MWH, (AHW’s contact) for your help and thanks to your other family members on Facebook for helping me narrow my research.

DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 10

Following Morgan/Morgan (Nathan & John)
By Don Taylor

My half-sister Glennis is a DNA match on Ancestry.Com with several individuals who have common ancestors with Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan. In the search to determine Glennis’ biological father, I am continuing to develop a tree of the descendants of Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan of Pleasants County, West Virginia. This time I look at Nathan Spencer Morgan and John A. Morgan. They are the seventh and eighth of twelve children to be examined.

Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan’s 12 children

Child Children Notes/comments
Clara M Morgan Gail Hemsworth
Naomi Hemsworth
Married Everett Luzader

Married Earl Deem

Henry Clifford Morgan None. Died at age 15.
Lewis V. P. Morgan Lula Edna Morgan
Opal Jean Morgan
Died at age 2.

Married William Davis

Rosa Virginia Morgan Carrie Vernice May

Clara Bernice May

Mary Fannie May

Edna Marie May

Roy Harold May

Married Pearl W. Dutton

Married Hezekiah Martin Morrison

Married Floyd T. Williamson

Married Clarence Gorell

Married Della Olive Hooper

Dora D. Morgan None Died at age 2.
Ephraim Stokeley Morgan Helen Virginia Morgan

Ralph W. Morgan

Married Louis Scott – No  Candidates

Died at age 1

Nathan Spencer Morgan None (Apparently) Married Alice Redding
John A. Morgan Louise

Harold A

Mildred Eloise

Erma Ruth

Died as Infant.

Married Iris Edith Estep – 3 children.
Married Van Bert Franks – 1 child.
Married Wilbert Clayton Bauer – No children.

Sarah D Morgan
Unnamed Morgan
Orien E. Morgan
James Cyrus Morgan

 

Nathan Spencer Morgan was born on 1 August 1865 in McKim Creek, Pleasants County, West Virginia. He shows living with his parents, Francis Marion and Fanny R. Morgan during the 1870 and 1880 Census records.

Nathan married Alice M Redding in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska on 27 December 1890. He was 25 years old and Alice was 20 years old.

He appears to be living in the Yankee Hill Precinct of Lincoln in 1893.

Nathan died on 8 January 1898 and was buried at Yankee Hill Cemetery, Section 3, Lot 185, Space 6, in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.

I have been unsuccessful finding any records showing any children of Nathan and Alice Morgan – Born 4 Jun 1876, Died 7 Feb 1879 – No issue. Alice appears to have been a domestic during the 1899 directory and clearly is listed in the 1900 city directory; however, I have been unable to find Alice in the 1900 city directory nor any record of her remarrying.


Note: There was an Irene Morgan, age 10, who was a servant in the household of Daniel G. Sullivan at 1413 B. Street, Lincoln, NE. I considered her a possible child of Nathan and Alice, although she would have been born four months before Nathan and Alice were married. Also, I have been unable to find Irene in any other records other than the 1900 Census.


John A. Morgan – Born 21 March 1867 in Pleasants County, West Virginia.

Married Daisy Wessel. They had four children:

  1.        Louise Morgan – Born 1898 – Died 1898 as an infant
  2.        Harold A. Morgan – Born 27 Sept 1899 Married Daily Wessel
    1.            James Arthur Morgan – Born 1933 in Nebraska – Possible but unlikely.
    2.            Two daughters – Born in the 1930s – Not considered.
  3.        Mildred Eloise Morgan –  Born 1905 – Married Vain Burt Franks 1921
    1.            Kenneth Franks – Born 1922-1923 – Not a Candidate.
    2.            One daughter born in the 1920s – Not considered.
  4.        Erma Ruth Morgan – Born 1906 – Married Wilbert Clayton Bauer in 1943. Not considered.

Criteria:

  • “Candidates” are males born between 1925 and 1935.
  • “Not considered” are females who are unlikely to have had a male child between 1925 and 1935.
  • “Possible but unlikely” are males born between 1925 and 1935, but are not named Paul or Phil, which are the likely names of Glennis’ biological father, or otherwise don’t appear to fit the likely candidate who would have been in Minnesota or Michigan in 1953. I will revisit these possibilities later of this project fails to find a potential candidate.

Follow-up

  • Research Irene Morgan if and determine if she was a child of Nathan and Alice or died without children. Low priority.
  • Follow-up with James Arthur Morgan – Born 1933 in Nebraska if necessary. He is “Possible but unlikely.”

Sources:

  • Find A Grave: database and images (https://www.findagrave.com accessed 31 December 2017), memorial page for Nathan Spencer Morgan (1 Aug 1865–8 Jan 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 129565657, citing Yankee Hill Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA; Maintained by Joe & Linda (Ashley) Conroy (contributor 47095445).
  • Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-1908, Ancestry, Spencer Morgan & Alice M. Redding 0 27 Dec 1890. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/61335/records/169203.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1893 – Page 50 – Spencer Morgan. Source Information. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Original sources vary according to the directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory title page image for full title and publication information. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2469/records/1086701573.
  • West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, Family Search, Nathan S Morgan – Aug 1, 1865. “West Virginia Births, 1853-1930,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NM7C-F38 : 4 December 2014), Nathan S Morgan, 1865; citing Pleasants, West Virginia, United States, county courthouses, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 868,170. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NM7C-F38.
  • Family Search Tree, Family Search, John Albert Morgan – 1867-1931. https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KZ2H-Y3L.
  • Find a Grave, Find a Grave, Francis Marion Morgan – Memorial 34026151. See File: Francis Marion Morgan (1840 – 1922) – Find A Grave Memorial.pdf. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=34026151.